Helle Samuelsen, Head of Department and Associate Professor receives DKK 6,321,789 from FFU – Københavns Universitet

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24. november 2011

Helle Samuelsen, Head of Department and Associate Professor receives DKK 6,321,789 from FFU

Helle Samuelsen, Head of Department and Associate Professor receives DKK 6,321,789 from FFU (the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research) to the project: "Fragile Futures: Rural Lives in Times of Conflict". 

The overall aim of the Fragile Futures project is to identify key potentials for the strengthening of the relationship between the civil society and the state in order to prevent and mitigate the impact of future conflicts. The project builds on the hypothesis that a perception of the state as a set of institutions delivering services and offering its citizens a sense of belonging is particularly important in low income countries with vulnerable populations in order to avoid emerging conflicts.

Based on anthropological and sociological fieldwork in Burkina Faso, the Fragile Future project will pay particular attention to situations, where conflicts occur between individual citizens or civil society organisations and the state. The project includes three thematic work-packages, each reflecting a particular link between the village population and representatives of the state: government health care services (WP1), water supply distribution (WP2) and local government Representatives (WP3). The project is based at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen and includes the following partners: Department of Sociology, University of Ouagadougou; Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé, Burkina Faso and The Copenhagen School of Global Health (UoC).